7 Wonders of the World: Spring Break Island Edition

By Rebecca Greenfield

Among this week's curious travel destinations: an island of fire and ice, a Japanese ghost town, and a colony of monkeys

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March is such a tease. It bills itself as a spring month, but really, it's two-thirds a dreary winter month. The lucky escape the cold for beachier pastures, while the rest of us suffer through. Well, for those who can't take that much needed spring break, The Atlantic and Atlas Obscura will take you island hopping. But forget white-sand beaches and margaritas. These isles house more intriguing offerings. Featured in this edition of "Seven Wonders of the World":

  • A remote, eerie Yemeni island home to wildlife found nowhere else on Earth
  • A volcanic island that Darwin and the Royal Navy shaped into an artificial ecosystem
  • A Florida island with a history of sunken treasures
  • An Antarctic island of fire and ice
  • A primate research island teeming with wild monkeys
  • A Japanese ghost town that was once the most densely populated place in the world
  • An abandoned vine-covered British settlement



Main image: Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi/Reuters

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/03/7-wonders-of-the-world-spring-break-island-edition/71882/